2000 Avalon Timing Belt - Miles or Years?

Asked by Feb 19, 2014 at 07:52 PM about the 2000 Toyota Avalon XL

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 2000 Avalon has only 44,000 original miles. The schedule says to change the timing belt at 90,000 mi. My mechanic is saying 90,000 miles or 8 years. Since it's 14 years old should I replace the timing belt at only 44,000 miles?

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your mechanic is correct- the belt can get cracks in it over time from getting old (think of an old rubber hose) and if that belt fails, the fix is typically very expensive (bent valves, etc.). Would you rather spend a little now or a lot later?

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